The Day Swiffer (and Sarah Michelle Gellar!) Taught Us to Say Yes To The Mess

Posted on: February 10th, 2016by
In full disclosure, Mom it Forward has asked us to share our messy experiences to make this post possible about how Swiffer products can help. While we were hired to tell you about Swiffer products, our opinions and messy experiences are honest and our own.

 

Yes to the Mess

 

Recently, Swiffer invited us to an event in New York City because they were eager to show parents how to let their children have fun, get creative and yes, even get messy! We were thrilled to be a part of the #YesToTheMess celebration held at Maman Bakery in Tribeca, which included an extra special guest: actress and mother, Sarah Michelle Gellar.

 

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Sarah Michelle Gellar and some messy kids! (including our JFF mini-reporter, Autumn!)

 

Our youngest Jersey Family Fun mini-reporter, Autumn, was so excited to have a great day making a mess with Swiffer. She had a blast finger-painting her own apron, decorating cookies (and eating them!) and making a messy experiment that explodes! Swiffer wants parents to know to say “Yes to the Mess” and embrace life’s little messes, because with Swiffer you’re able to get a thorough clean in minutes.

 

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Messy projects? No problem!

 

According to the second annual Swiffer Cleaning Index, while the majority (72 percent) of parents feel that letting kids make a mess helps encourage their creativity, nearly all (95 percent) have said “no” to their kids’ request because of the mess it could make. Feeling inspired by our stress-free messy time with Swiffer in New York, we decided to go ahead a make a mess of our own here at home. After a busy afternoon of making clay sculptures, we were left with quite a disaster on our floor. Never fear, Swiffer Sweeper to the rescue.

 

The Swiffer Sweeper is a 2-in-1 hard surface sweeping and mopping tool. The dry cloth has deep ridges and grooves that conform to the surface of your floor to trap and lock dirt, dust and hair, while the wet cloth dissolves dirt and grime and traps it away, giving you an amazing clean.

It's easy to clean up a mess with the Swiffer Sweeper!

It’s easy to clean up a mess with the Swiffer Sweeper!

 

Much to my surprise, Autumn actually offered to sweep up the mess herself. And she did a great job! The Swiffer is lightweight enough for even a toddler to use and she loved sweeping her mess into a little pile. This definitely proved the point that a mess is a great learning opportunity, in so many ways. Nearly all parents (97 percent) think that young children learn a lot from cleaning up a mess. As a parent, I also loved seeing her realize that she can help me with cleaning around the house. She was dying to open up our Swiffer Duster to dust the playroom!

 

Because Swiffer was generous enough to provide us with a Swiffer Green Box filled with cleaning goodies for our home and one to share, we decided to pick a friend who has some mess makers of her own. My friend, Batya has a busy house with three kids and a huge dog: the perfect candidate for a Swiffer surprise! She couldn’t wait to get to work on her floors after a busy morning play session with her toddler and her Bernese Mountain Dog left her floors covered in fur.

 

Surprising a friend with a box of Swiffer goodies is so fun!

Surprising a friend with a box of Swiffer goodies is so fun!

 

At the end of the day, all kids love to play and have fun. Sometimes along with that comes a big mess. It’s nice to know that when those moments happen, Swiffer makes it easy to clean up. So remember, just say yes to the mess!

 

How do you and your children say “Yes to the Mess”?  Tell us in the comments below!

 

 

For more photos from Jersey Family Fun’s visit to Swiffer’s #YesToTheMess event with Sarah Michelle Gellar, check out our Facebook Photo Album.

 

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In full disclosure, Mom it Forward has asked us to share our messy experiences to make this post possible about how Swifter products can help. While we were hired to tell you about Swiffer products, our opinions and messy experiences are honest and our own.

 

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Nancy is a lifelong resident of Monmouth County and loves raising her family near the beach. She is the mom of two daughters and a son, ages 3-8. Nancy holds a degree in Public Relations and has a background in nonprofit fundraising. She is excited to join the Jersey Family Fun team and write about all of the great things happening in New Jersey.

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